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Famous Track And Field Athletes from the United States

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List of notable or famous track and field athletes from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top track and field athletes born in the United States and even some popular track and field athletes who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American track and field athletes then this list is the perfect resource for you. These track and field athletes are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known track and field athlete from the United States is included when available.

Amy Acuff and Carl Lewis are included on this list.

This historic track and field athletes from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American track and field athletes of note?" and "Who are the most famous track and field athletes from the United States?" These prominent track and field athletes of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American track and field athletes.

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  • 1

    Lolo Jones

    Age: 39

    BirthplaceDes Moines, Iowa, USA

    Lori Susan "Lolo" Jones (born August 5, 1982) is an American hurdler and bobsledder who specializes in the 60-meter and 100-meter hurdles. She won three NCAA titles and garnered 11 All-American...  more
  • 2

    Carl Lewis

    Age: 60

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is an American former track and field athlete who won nine Olympic gold medals, one Olympic silver medal, and 10 World Championships medals,...  more
  • 3

    Amy Acuff

    Age: 46

    BirthplacePort Arthur, Texas, USA

    Amy Lyn Acuff (born July 14, 1975) is a track and field athlete from the United States. A high jump specialist, she competed in the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games as a member of USA...  more
  • 4

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Sanya Richards-Ross (born February 26, 1985) is a Jamaican-American former track and field athlete who competed internationally for the United States. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won gold in the...  more
  • 5

    Bryan Clay

    Age: 41

    BirthplaceAustin, Texas

    Bryan Ezra Tsumoru Clay (born January 3, 1980) is an American decathlete who was the 2008 Summer Olympic champion for the decathlon and was also World champion in 2005....  more
  • 6

    BirthplaceMissoula, Montana

    Georganne Moline is an American hurdler who specializes in the 400 meter hurdles and 400 meters. She won a spot on the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 400 meter hurdles. Moline graduated from Thunderbird...  more
  • 7

    Jason Young

    Age: 40

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Jason Young is an American discus thrower who competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics, finishing 19th. At Texas Tech, Young was a two-time All-American in track and field and placed second in the discus...  more
  • 8

    Tyson Gay

    Age: 39

    BirthplaceLexington, Kentucky

    Tyson Gay (born August 9, 1982) is an American track and field sprinter who competes in the 100 and 200 meters dash. His 100 m personal best of 9.69 seconds is the American record and makes him tied...  more
  • 9

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    Allyson Michelle Felix (born November 18, 1985) is an American track and field sprinter who competes in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters. At 200 meters, she is the 2012 Olympic champion, a...  more
  • 10

    Mike Powell

    Age: 57

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Michael Anthony Powell (born November 10, 1963) is an American former track and field athlete, and the holder of the long jump world record. He is a two-time world champion in this event and two-time...  more
  • 11

    Keshia Baker

    Age: 33

    BirthplaceFairfield, California

    Keshia Chantay Baker is an American track and field athlete. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 4×400 m relay event, running in the heats and winning a gold medal....  more
  • 12

    Bryshon Nellum

    Age: 32

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Bryshon Nellum is an American sprinter. He graduated from University of Southern California in 2012 with a degree in Public Administration and Social Service Professions and is currently a graduate...  more
  • 13

    BirthplaceModesto, California, United States of America

    Jesse Daniel Williams (born December 27, 1983 in Modesto, California) is an American high jumper and the 2011 World Champion. He was ranked the #2 jumper in the world, outdoors, in 2010. He has...  more
  • 14

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, Inglewood, California, United States of America

    Lashinda Demus (born March 10, 1983 in Inglewood, California) is an American hurdler who specializes in the 400 meter hurdles, an event in which she was the 2011 world champion and 2012 Olympic...  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceWoodland, California

    Jillian Mary "Jill" Camarena-Williams (born 2 March 1982) is an American retired track and field athlete who competes in the shot put. She competed at the 2012 and 2008 Beijing Olympics and has...  more
  • 16

    BirthplaceKapsabet, Kenya

    Bernard Kipchirchir Lagat (born December 12, 1974) is a Kenyan-American middle and long-distance runner. Lagat was born in Kapsabet, Kenya. Prior to his change of domicile to the USA, Lagat had an...  more
  • 17

    BirthplacePortsmouth, Virginia

    LaShawn Merritt (born June 27, 1986) is an American track and field athlete who competes in sprinting events, specializing in the 400 metres. He is a former Olympic champion over the distance and his...  more
  • 18

    BirthplaceIrving, Texas

    Jeremy Mathew Wariner (born January 31, 1984) is a retired American track athlete specializing in the 400 meters. He has won four Olympic medals (three gold, one silver) and six World Championships...  more
  • 19

    Will Claye

    Age: 30

    BirthplaceTucson, Arizona

    Will Claye is an American track and field athlete of Sierra Leonean descent who competes in the long jump and triple jump. He won a bronze medal in 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu,...  more
  • 20

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia

    Kellie Wells is an American track and field athlete who specialises in the 100 metres hurdles. She won an Olympic bronze medal at the 2012 London Games, setting a personal best in the process. She is...  more
  • 21

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico

    Jarrin Solomon is a track and field sprinter representing Trinidad and Tobago who specializes in the 400 metres. He was part of the Trinidad and Tobago team that won the bronze medal in the 4 × 400 m...  more
  • 22

    BirthplaceVirginia

    Lacy Janson (born February 20, 1983) is an American track and field athlete who specialized in the pole vault. She was the 2010 USA indoor champion in the event and represented her country at the...  more
  • 23

    BirthplacePort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

    Kerron Stephon Clement (born October 31, 1985) is an American track and field athlete who competes in the 400-meter hurdles and 400-meter sprint. He held the indoor world record in the 400-meter...  more
  • 24

    BirthplaceIllinois

    Seun Adigun is a Nigerian track and field athlete who specialises in the 100 metres hurdles....  more
  • 25

    BirthplaceNorfolk, Nebraska

    Jeremy Scott (born May 1, 1981) is an American pole vaulter from Norfolk, Nebraska. Jeremy finished second at the 2012 US Olympic Trials, earning him a spot on the 2012 Olympic Team to compete in...  more